Rejoice beauty fans, budget beauty is fully taking off this year with purse-friendly brands offering everything you need for an up-to-the-minute makeup kit; from primers to highlighters, and in todays post we have rounded up some of our fave affordable pieces for you to treat yourselves to!
A key piece of any look, a good highlighter can take your skin from drab to fab with a gorgeous flash of glow. We particularly love the MUA Undress your skin powder highlighters - offered in 9 shades including a range for darker skin tones and a blue frost powder, they cost just £3 and trust us when we say a little goes a long, long way.
If you prefer a more subtle glow then get reaching for the Essence strobing highlighter, its got a delicate radiance and will set you back a tiny £3
USE WITH; Your Bella&Bear Jungle Cat brush is ideal for applying an even amount of highlighter to the key points of the face; the cheekbones, the centre of the nose, the brow bones and the cupids bow.
Adding a flush of colour to the cheeks can really bring some life to your face, so try out some of these budget pieces.
The Wet'n'Wild ombre brush is ideal for those who prefer to under-do their blush. You can choose between the shades or build them up for a truly custom look. The block is perfect for storing in your handbag and it costs just $4.99, so why not pick up a couple of shades.
The Makeup Revolution Matte Blushes are great for those who like expensive looking packaging on a budget. The sleek housing is perfectly modern and the matte finish of the blush gives it a more wearable approach.
USE WITH; Your Bella&Bear Bobcat angled blush brush for a perfect sweep of colour on the apples of the cheeks.
MUA Custom colour foundation mixer £4 / Essence stay all day foundation £3.80 / Wet N Wild ultimate match foundation $4.99 / NYC get it all foundation $3.50 / Natural collection colour foundation £1.99/
Foundation can make or break a look; making all the difference between a patchy, uneven looking skin and a flawless, radiant one. Thankfully, drugstore foundations have come a long way in recent years and your pennies can pick you up more than you might have bargained for.
Stick foundations have become very popular lately for their versatility and convenience, and NYC have unveiled their own affordable offering which comes in a good range of shades and costing under $4! If a stick foundation is something you've been wanting to try then here is a good place to start to see how you get on with them!
MUA have impressed us once again, this time with their brand new Custom Colour mixers. They can be worn alone, but their main purpose is to mix with your current foundation to create a shade that is ideal for your skin tone. Our skin colour alters between seasons so this is a great product to have on hand to stop you having to buy a whole new foundation every few weeks - and, they're only £4!
Choosing a signature pout need no longer set you back a small fortune. You can pick up a plethora of colour from any budget beauty brand, so get stuck in!
Makeup Revolution are known for their controversial dupes, and they have just treated us to a new one - the Renaissance Lipsticks. An almost identical dupe to the Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks; only they are £20 cheaper, costing just £4 each. there are plenty of shades and finishes to choose from so treat yourself!
If you prefer liquid lip products then try the Wet'N'Wild Mega Last Matte Lipsticks. There are tons of colours on offer and the matte finish is so on trend. The clear, modern packaging makes shade selection easy, too, as you're running out the door!
USE WITH; Your Bella&Bear Rusty Spotted Cat Lip Brush for an even and precise finish. this brush is perfect to take on-the-go as the brush neatly tucks into its lid and slides into your handbag!
Flutter those lashes girls, cause now you can get your hands on just about every lash effect mascara on offer.
The Essence lash extension mascara is ideal for those who want to lengthen lashes as the product is filled with tiny fibres that attach to the lashes and make them appear longer and fuller.
USE WITH; your Bella&Bear Eye and Mighty curler for ultimate lift and curl. Just be sure to use before you apply your mascara.
We all love a little bronzer, right? It gives a healthy glow to the face and you can even choose from matte and shimmer to compliment your look!
The IHeartMakeup Blushing hearts bronzers are a perfect dupe for the more expensive TooFaced Love Flush Heart blushers. They come in solid colour blocks or ombre blocks meaning you can customise your colour and add a little highlighting shimmer where ever you feel you need it.
USE WITH; your Bella&Bear Leopard Face brush for an even application of bronzer exactly where you want it - the temples, the lower cheekbones and the jawline.
Ahhhh, eye shadow. Every girl has a million and one in her kit, but its never enough is it?! If you're looking to top up your stash then check these out.
E.L.F are the original budget beauty brand and they have recently released these gorgeous Molten liquid shadows which are waterproof and come in a selection of shades - plus they are cruelty free!
If you want a mini palette to add to your collection then the MUA 6 shade palettes are sure to be a winner. There are 6 to choose from including mattes and rusted shadows, each housing 6 complimentary shades with high pigment and good longevity.
USE WITH; your Bella&Bear kitten set. It includes a tonne of eye brushes to help you create any look your can dream of!
Concealer is essential if you want to pull off that flawless skin look, and happily there are many options available on the budget beauty market to address any concerns you may have.
Seventeen have answered our budget beauty prayers with their answer to the YSL Touche Eclait, with the Skin Wow concealer. The chrome packaging is gorgeous and the button dispenser means that you wont waste any product.
Primer is the stuff dreams are made of. It reduces the appearance of pores, evens out skin surface and just makes our skin look oh-so smooth. But, you no longer have to break the bank to find a primer that delivers big results.
L.A girl have really upped their game lately, and their Pro Prep primer is no exception. Designed to give off a flawless finish which even shows on camera, this primer will have you glowing right through the day.
The MUA Hydro primer has been compared to the Illamasqua Hydra Veil primer since its release. It's lightweight and smoothing on the skin and its tiny price tag will make you feel extra good about using it!
Which are your fave budget beauty pieces? Have you treated yourself to any of these? Let us know on our social media - and don't forget you can pick up all of the Bella&Bear tools mentioned here in our online store right now!